In 1989, the MAB began the tradition of honoring individuals for their outstanding careers with the Lifetime Achievement Award. The highest honor bestowed by the MAB, Lifetime Achievement Award recipients are Michigan broadcast pioneers who have dedicated the majority of their professional careers to broadcasting in the state of Michigan and have distinguished themselves through a lifetime of service as a top manager or owner through excellence in broadcasting in state, national or international industry leadership; service on the MAB, NAB or other industry organizational boards; community involvement; and industry innovation. Click here for the Lifetime Achievement Award nomination form. 

2019

Bruce & Sue Goldsen
Jackson Radio Works

2018

Michael Walenta
WGVU Public Media

2017

Marla Drutz
WDIV-TV (Detroit)

2016

Julie Koehn
Lenawee Broadcasting Company

2015

Jeanne Findlater
WXYZ-TV (Detroit)

2014

Mario Iacobelli
Heritage Broadcasting Company

2013

Thomas Scanlan
Scanlan Communications Group

2012

Edward K. Christian
Saga Communications

2011

Gary A. Reid
Michigan State University

2010

P. Thomas “Tom” Bryson
WJRT-TV (Flint)

2009

Specs Howard
Specs Howard School of Media Arts

2008

Richard Sommerville
Sommerville Communications Corporation

2007

Ross Biederman
Midwestern Broadcasting Company

2006

John Wismer
Wismer Broadcasting

2005

Alan Frank
Post-Newsweek Stations

2004

Nancy Waters
WCXT-FM (Hart)

2003

Jerry Colvin
LIN Michigan Broadcasting
WOTV-TV (Battle Creek/Kalamazoo)

2002

Lester Biederman
Midwestern Communications

2002

Joe Blake
WZAM-AM/WMQT-FM (Marquette)

2001

Bill Schroeder
Time Life Broadcasting, Inc./
WOOD-AM/FM/TV
(Grand Rapids)

2000

Ken MacDonald, Sr.
MacDonald Broadcasting

1999

Robert G. Liggett, Jr.
Liggett Broadcasting

1998

Verna Green
WJLB-FM/WMXD-FM (Detroit)

1997

Charles “Chuck” Fritz
Fritz Broadcasting

1994

J.P. McCarthy
WJR-AM (Detroit)

1993

James H. Quello
Federal Communications Commission

1992

Ernie Harwell
Detroit Tigers

1991

Michael O. Lareau
WOOD-AM/FM
(Grand Rapids)

1990

Carl E. Lee
Feltzer Broadcasting

1989

George H. Williams
WKBD-TV (Detroit)